You Say It's Your Birthday: Naughty By Nature's Treach

Celebrating his 27th birthday today is Anthony Criss, a rapper you

probably know better as Treach from Naughty By Nature. The rap trio are

best known for their hip-hop party anthems "O.P.P." and "Hip-Hop

Hooray." The group was formed in East Orange, N.J., in 1986, but

struggled to make it until they met Queen Latifah at a party in 1991. She

signed the group to her management company and helped get them signed

to Tommy Boy. Naughty By Nature’s self-titled debut came out later that

year, hit No. 16 on the pop charts and spawned the party jam of the

summer, "O.P.P," a song the group had originally recorded in 1989. The

album also contained the more hardcore "Ghetto Bastard" and a healthy

portion of songs with a dancehall-reggae flavor.

The group came back strong in 1993, releasing 19NaughtyIII and

yet another hip-hop party anthem, the No. 3 charting "Hip Hop Hooray."

At around the same time, Treach started appearing in such films as

Who's The Man? and Jason's Lyric. In 1995, the group

released Poverty's Paradise. The album reached No. 3 on the pop

charts, but is generally considered to be a bit weaker than their first two

recordings. The group's latest single is "Mourn You 'Till I Join You"

from the forthcoming I-95 Soundtrack.

Other birthdays: Roebuck "Pops" Staples (the Staples), 82; Tom

McGuinness (Manfred Mann), 56; Dave Munden (Tremeloes), 54; and Rick

Savage (Def Leppard), 37.